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Free Ways To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill

Updated on March 13, 2011
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Kitchen energy saving tips

  • If you have a dishwasher with an eco-setting, use it rather than washing up by hand.
  • Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently.
  • Tidy the fridge so you don't need to open the door for long periods in order to find something.
  • Boil water for cooking in a kettle rather than on the hob.
  • Heat leftover food up in a microwave - again, it's more efficient than using the oven or hob.
  • If you're using the oven, fill it. Bake some quick cookies on that spare shelf, or roast vegetables for soup.
  • Clean the back of your fridge freezer if it's an old style with coils. Dust build up stops it working properly.
  • Move your fridge freezer to a cooler space if you can. A garage or utility room is ideal.
  • Make sure there's plenty of room for air to circulate around the back of your fridge freezer.

Utility room energy saving tips

  • Set your washing machine to 30°C for normal washes, 40°C for bedsheets and use 50°C only for towels. 
  • Only put on the washing machine when you have a full load. 
  • Ditch the tumbledryer - hang clothes outside or on an airer to dry. The old fashioned Victorian ceiling airers are ideal for this. 

Living room energy saving tips

  • Keeping appliances on standby can suck up 60% of the working energy. Day and night, that's a lot on your bill. Switch off your stereo, television and computers at the plug when you're not using them.
  • Read a book, do some crafts or practise an instrument rather than switching on the TV or games console automatically every night.
  • Plug up your chimney with old cardboard or newspaper to keep the drafts out.
  • Draw the curtains as soon as it gets dark outside to keep the heat in.
  • Make sure your radiators aren't obstructed by long curtains or furniture.

Bedroom energy saving tips

  • Wear pyjamas and socks in bed during the winter, to avoid having to leave the heating on.
  • Set the thermostat timer to switch the heating off ten minutes after you go to bed and on twenty minutes before you get up in the morning.
  • Use a hot water bottle if you have one.
  • Charge your phone in the evening, rather than leaving it on charge all night.
  • Keep extra blankets to hand so you can easily warm yourself up if you're cold in the night.

Bathroom energy saving tips

  • Use your mobile phone or an alarm clock to time your showers. 3-5 minutes is all that's necessary to be clean, and no dallying means extra time to do more interesting things!
  • Shower instead of bathing.
  • Ditch the rechargeable toothbrush for an old style manual one.
  • Turn your water heater down. 60°C is the perfect temperature for washing. 

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